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Mon April 13

Strike Bulletin

2017-02-01T11:54:42+00:00

April 13, 2015 – North Vancouver – The Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) has continued to work hard over the weekend in order to better understand the positions of the University Administration (UA) and the Capilano Faculty Association (CFA), to ensure that the parties understand the impact that the ongoing labour dispute has on our members (i.e., the students of Capilano University), and to take whatever steps we can to minimize the impact of this situation of their academic careers.

Resuming Negotiations

The CSU invited both the UA and the CFA to an open forum on Monday, where students would be able to directly speak to representatives from both parties, and to ask questions, make comments, and express concerns. Unfortunately, the UA declined to participate, citing concerns about whether discussion about negotiations in an open forum could constitute an unfair labour practice. The CFA has not responded to the CSU’s invitation to attend the open forum.

The CSU has asked that student observers be allowed to attend the next mediation session between the UA and the CFA, to ensure that the discussions taking place, and the process, respect the interests and concerns of students.

The CSU will send an official statement to both the UA and the CFA, tonight, demanding that both parties come back to the table and resume collective bargaining immediately. The CSU requires both parties to resume discussions at once, and to conclude an agreement by Wednesday.

Final Exam Timeline

The CSU has expressed our members’ concerns to both the UA and the CFA, with respect to the altered schedule for final exams. We have already heard from a number of members who will face unreasonable hardship due to these last-minute changes. The CSU strongly opposes any further extension or alteration of the final exam schedule, due to the impact on our members, and an official statement to both the UA and the CFA will be issued this evening.

In response to a petition signed by over a thousand of our members, the CSU has also initiated discussions tonight with the UA and the CFA on whether final exams can be made optional for those students who are being impacted by the altered final exam schedule. We are preparing to make our case to senate (the highest academic decision-making body at the university), which currently has a special meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 21.

Grade Appeals

The CSU understands that many of our members may take issue with grades assigned at the end of this term, due to consequences of the strike – the inability to attend office hours, core course content not being delivered in advance of exams, or disrupted study schedules.

The CSU encourages any members who feel that they have been unfairly graded to get in touch with our advocacy service at advocacy@csu.bc.ca. The CSU can provide information about the university’s appeal policies and procedures, and help to ensure that you are treated fairly.

Navigating the Picket Line

The BC Labour Relations Board has issued an essential services order, setting out the reasons for which persons can come onto the campus without being considered to have “crossed the picket line.” Because this is an order of the Labour Relations Board, prompted by a university application for essential services, none of the parties have the authority to grant waivers.

Students should feel free to speak to faculty members and their supporters who are at the picket lines about their questions, comments, concerns and support. However, be aware that discussions at the picket line can become heated; the CSU reminds everyone to focus the conversation on facts and arguments, and not on the parties themselves.

Respect for the picket line, and decisions to cross the picket line, are a question of conscience for every member. If you do decide to cross the picket line, please be respectful of picketers and, if stopped or questioned, advise picketers that you are exercising your right to cross.

Communication

The CSU encourages members to continue to send questions, comments, or concerns via email message to strikeinfo@csu.bc.ca, or to message us through the CSU’s Facebook or Twitter accounts. We also encourage members to send us correspondence that they would like forwarded to the UA, the CFA, and other interested parties on campus.

Role of Government

We have had a number of members asking about the role of government in the ongoing collective bargaining process between the UA and the CFA. The board of governors has a duty to comply with the annual government letter of expectations issued by the minister of advanced education. The university must also ensure that any agreement reached between the UA and the CFA is acceptable to both the Post-Secondary Employers’ Association (a public sector employers’ association consisting of special-purpose teaching university, college, and institute presidents, and government representatives), and the Public Sector Employers’ Council (consisting of government ministers, and representatives of each of the public sectors).

Fri March 27

CSU PRESS RELEASE: CSU board votes to encourage CapU and CFA to reach fair settlement to avoid job action

2017-02-01T11:54:55+00:00

March 27, 2015 – North Vancouver – The elected board of directors of the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU), at a board meeting on March 25, voted to encourage a swift resolution to the impending labour dispute between the Capilano Faculty Association (CFA) and Capilano University. The CSU’s position does not support either party over the other, but encourages a fair settlement as soon as possible to avoid disruptions to students’ classes and exams.

Throughout the week of March 9, the CFA (the union representing faculty members at CapU) conducted a strike vote, which garnered over 80% support in favour of job action if the ongoing negotiations hit an impasse. If a strike is implemented, that could mean a range of consequences for CapU students – from faculty members’ withdrawal of voluntary services; to partial or rotating strikes; to a full-scale strike, shutting down classes and deferring exams. The CSU hopes that the parties resolve their differences before that happens.

“The best outcome for students is for a fair settlement to be reached before any job action is taken,” says Sacha Fabry, the CSU’s vice-president of university relations and services. He continues to say, “It’s important to remember that the root cause of the current dispute is inadequate funding for post-secondary education by government.”

The CSU is committed to acting as a hub of information for all CapU students as the situation unfolds. Students are encouraged to keep themselves informed by checking the CSU website for updates at csu.bc.ca, to look for membership bulletins online and around campus, and to keep themselves connected and involved in the conversation through the CSU’s social media.

Wed January 21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CSU supports Transportation and Transit Plan

2017-02-01T12:10:42+00:00

January 21, 2015 – On January 14, the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) board of directors voted in favour of endorsing and promoting a ‘yes’ vote for the upcoming Transportation and Transit Plan plebiscite. The decision was based on the positive impact that improvements to the public transportation system would have on the lives of students.

“Capilano University is a commuter campus, meaning that we do not have campus residence or student housing,” explained CSU President Brittany Barnes. “This means public transit and overall transportation is a serious concern for all of our students and an important part of their everyday lives,” she continued. “We need to see this system improved so that our students aren’t continually left on the side of the road as full busses pass by them or stuck in traffic congestion.”

The improvements that would result following a successful ‘yes’ vote are based on the Transportation and Transit Plan proposed by the mayors’ council outlining the following projects:

  • adding bus service and new B-Line rapid bus routes
  • increasing service on SkyTrain, Canada Line, SeaBus, and West Coast Express
  • maintaining and upgrading the region’s major roads build a new Pattullo Bridge
  • building rapid transit connecting Surrey Centre with Guildford, Newton, and Langley
  • building rapid transit along Broadway in Vancouver
  • extending the region’s cycling and pedestrian walkway networks

Region-specific improvements, including those that directly benefit Capilano University and the surrounding area, can be found here.

The question that residents of Metro Vancouver will be asked to vote on is: “Do you support a new 0.5% Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax, to be dedicated to the Mayors’ Transportation and Transit Plan?”

Ballots will be mailed beginning March 16, 2015 and must be mailed back by May 29, 2015. Voters must be registered with Elections BC in order to receive a ballot.

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For more information please contact:
Brittany Barnes, President & Vice-President of External Relations
Capilano Students’ Union
p (604) 789.6660| e president@csu.bc.ca

The Capilano Students’ Union advocates for the interests and needs of its members by lobbying Capilano University and all levels of government. The CSU delivers student services, provides resources to clubs and organizations on campus, and hosts a variety of events each year to promote the social, political, recreational, and academic welfare of its membership.